Ethylenebis(diphenylphosphine) complexes of iron and cobalt

Soc. , 1968, 90 (9), pp 2278–2281. DOI: 10.1021/ja01011a012. Publication Date: April 1968. ACS Legacy Archive. Cite this:J. Am. Chem. Soc. 90, 9, 22...
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and Fe(H20)63+in C1- solution also produces exclusively CrC12+,16which could arise from either of the mechanisms outlined above for Eu2+. Previous studies on Eu2+ reactions lo have suggested inner-sphere reaction mechanisms, and we think the present work provides a strong indication that inner-sphere mechanisms are involved. The theory of Marcus39on electron-transfer reactions has been applied quite successfully, especially by Sutin and co-workers 11v40 to reactions between metal ions such as those considered here. Although the theory was developed from a model of an outer-sphere reaction, attempts have recently also been made to extend its applicability to other situations. The predicted rate constant can be calculated, as shown by S ~ t i n , ~from O exchange rates and standard potentials. Unfortunately only a lower limit has been determined for the Eu2+t3+ exchange rate in perchlorate solution. l 2 The prediction on this basis is k o < 2.6 X lo6M-' sec-'; this isnot inconsistent with our experimental result k o = 6.77 X lo3 M-I sec-I at 25'. The comparison in this particular

Table VII. Relative Reactivities5 of Various Dipositive Metal Ion Reducing Agents toward Iron(lI1) Complexes

Cr z+


-kr.(~ir)/kr'.(~~o)~~+ Reducing agent V z+ Fez+ - Mechanism Outer Inner

1.0 F ~ ( H Z O ) ~ ~ + 1 .o (Hz0)5FeOH2+ 1 . 4 X IO3 5 2 2


Fe3+ C110 (Hz0)sFeC12+ 1 X IO3 Ref 16

PCH2CHzP< group to the iron atom, the ratio should be 7:l. The infrared spectrum also showed a characteristic absorption due to an Fe-H stretching vibration at 1893 cm-l. This complex showed a sharp absorption at 1554 cm-l, which was not observed in the complexes l a and lb. The position of attachment of the iron atom on the benzene ring has not been confirmed, though (5) G. Wilke and G. Herrmann, Angew. Chem., 74,693 (1962).




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71 7 6




Figure 1. Nrnr spectrum (100-MHz) of HFeCeH4PPh.CH2CHz. PPhz)(EDP) in CeDe.


l b liberated ethylene to afford the same complex, as described later, they are considered to be isomeric, The similarity of their infrared spectra suggests that they are geometrical isomers. The spectra of l a and l b in Nujol mull showed absorptions due to C-H stretching vibration of coordinated ethylene at 3019 and 3016 cm-l, respectively. These complexes are quite sensitive to air, especially in solution. Reduction of iron(II1) acetylacetonate could proceed through homolytic fission of iron-carbon bonds of an ethyliron intermediate, and the coordinated ethylene molecule is probably derived from this intermediate. Evolved gas in the preparation consisted mainly of ethane. A similar formation of an ethylene-metal K complex has been observed in the reduction of nickel(I1) acetylacetonate with ethoxydiethylaluminum in the presence of triphenylph~sphine.~ Ultraviolet irradiation of l a or l b resulted in the formation of an orange-brown complex 2, with liberation of an equivalent amount of ethylene. The same complex was formed also by heating l a or l b with a small amount of the mother liquor obtained in the preparation of l a . Treatment of 2 with iodine gave Fe12(EDP) and ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine). The complex 2 was monomeric in benzene. From these facts, 2 might be expected to be Fe(EDP)2. However, the infrared and nmr spectra showed the presence of an Fe-H bond. This observation indicates that hydrogen transfer from the coordinated ligand to the iron atom takes place. The nmr spectrum (Figure 1) showed a multiplet centered at T 24.2, which can be ascribed to an ion hydride. The constancy of the splitting within the multiplet at 60 and 100 Mc indicates that the splitting is due to coupling of the hydrogen nucleus with the phosphorus nuclei. The ratio (8: 1) of the integrated intensity of >PCH2CH2P< to that of Fe-H in the nmr spectrum can be reasonably explained by assuming that 2 has the following structure, in which the iron atom is inserted into a C-H bond of a phenyl group of the coordinated ligand. +

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from the steric requirement it may probably be an ortho position. An intense band at 728 cm-l, which is absent in ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine) and the complexes l a and lb, may be assigned to the C-H out-of-plane deformation mode of an ortho-disubstituted benzene.6 It was reported that one of the o-hydrogen atoms of the ligand of dichlorotris(triphenylphosphine)ruthenium(II) was quite near to the central metal atom (2.59 A).’ A similar observation was also made in a five-coordinated iridium complex, [Ir(CO)(EDP)2]C1.8 The formation of a bond between the metal atom and an o-carbon atom of an aromatic ring of a ligand has been previously reported in the reaction of aromatic azo compounds with dicy~lopentadienylnickel,~iron carbonyl, lo and platinum and palladium salts, although in these cases there is no migration of the o-hydrogen atoms to the metal atoms. The first report of hydrogen transfer from a coordinated ligand to a metal atom was made in an ethylenebis(dimethy1phosphine) complex of ruthenium, HRu(CH2PMe.CH2CH2.PMe2)l 2 However, such a hydrogen (Me2P.CH2CH2.PMe2). transfer was not observed in the iron complex Fe(Me2P . CHzCH2.PMe&.13 In a recent communication, Bennett has reported the transfer of an o-hydrogen atom of a coordinated ligand to the central metal atom on heating chlorotris(triphenylphosphine)iridium(I), Treatment of 2 with an equivalent amount of hydrogen chloride gave a violet complex, trans-[HFeCl(EDP)2]. The trans configuration was supported by the nmr spectrum which showed a triplet with intensities approximately in a ratio of 4:6:4 at 7 39.2. The trans isomer should show a quintet with 1:4:6:4: 1 intensity pattern by the four equivalent phosphorus nuclei. Three strong signals were observed since the outer signals were within the noise level. The trans configuration was also supported by a small phosphorushydrogen coupling constant (.IPH= 47 cps). The infrared spectrum of this complex did not show any detectable absorption due to an Fe-H stretching vibration, although an Fe-H stretching absorption is (6) L. J. Bellamy, “The Infrared Spectra of Complex Molecules,” 2nd ed, Methuen, London, 1958, p 77. (7) S. J. La Placa and J. A. Ibers, Inorg. Chem., 4, 778 (1965). (8) J. S. J. Jarvis, R. H . B. Mais, P. G. Owston, and K. A . Taylor Chem. Commun., 906 (1966). (9) J. P. Kleiman and M. Dubeck, J . A m . Chem. Soc., 85, 1544 (1963). (10) M . M. Bagga, P. L. Pauson, E. J. Preston, and R. I . Reed, Chem. Commun., 543 (1965). (11) A. C. Cope and R. W. Siekman, J . Am. Chem. Soc., 87, 3272 (1965). (12) J. Chatt and J. M. Davidson, J . Chem. Soc., 843 (1965). (13) J. Chatt and H. R. Watson, ibid., 2545 (1962). (14) M. A . Bennett and D . L. Milner, Chem. Commun., 581 (1967).

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usually observed in this type of hydride complex. From the fact that the infrared spectrum of the deuterated complex, DFeC1(EDPj2, is identical with that of the nondeuterated one, it seems likely that this absorption is too weak to be detected. HFe(C6H4PPh.CHzCHz.PPhr)(EDP)

A, 20%






HFe(C6H4PPh.CH2CH2.PPhz)(EDP) Hz +H2Fe(EDP)2 (4)

Hydrogen reacted with l b or 2 at 60-70" and atmospheric pressure to give H2Fe(EDP)2,the former reaction being accompanied by liberation of ethylene. The reaction of hydrogen with l b was accelerated by ultraviolet irradiation. This dihydride crystallized as a solvate with a molecule of benzene or xylene, or with two molecules of toluene. It has been reported that ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine) complexes of Ru(I1) and Os(I1) have a great tendency to crystallize as solvates. 1 6 , 1 7 Solvating aromatic molecules affected the Fe-H stretching frequency of the dihydride (Table I). The Fe-H stretching absorptions of these solvated complexes appear at higher wave numbers by about 100 cm-l than that of the reported iron dihydride complex, trans[H2Fe{O - C ~ H ~ ( P E ~ ~ ) ZOwing ) ~ ] . to the poor solubility of the dihydride, its nmr spectrum in deuterated benzene did not show signals assignable to Fe-H protons. Treatment of the dihydride with iodine gave Fe12(EDP) with evolution of an equivalent amount of hydrogen. Table I. Iron Dihvdride Comulexes



MP (dec), OC

HzFe(EDP),.C6H 6 H2Fe(EDP)2,2C7Hs HzFe(EDP),C8Hlo

219-220 229-230 234-2 36


cm1840 1835 1828

In Nujol mull.

The hydrogen atom of the Fe-H bond of 2 was found t o be quite labile and to return to the original ligand with ease. The complex 2 was converted into l b under ethylene pressure (60 kg/cm2) at 80". It is noteworthy that the hydrogen transfer between the metal atom and the ligand occurs reversibly. +C2H4

HFe(C6H4PPh.CHzCHz.PPhz)(EDP) - CzH4

Fe(EDP), .CZH4


The predominant return of the hydrogen atom of the Fe-H bond of 2 to the original ligand was also observed in the reaction with hydrogen chloride. A deuterated c o m p l e x p r e p a r e d by the reaction of 2 with deuterium chloride was analyzed by nmr and mass spectroscopy. The fission of the iron-carbon bond by deuterium chloride should give an iron hydride complex with a deuterated ligand (A). On the other hand, the return of the hydrogen atom of the Fe-H bond to the original ligand should give an iron deuteride complex (B). A peak height of an Fe-H signal in the nmr specturm of the deuterated complex was one-fourth of that of the



B, 80%

nondeuterated one. A mass spectrum of ethylenebis(diphenylphosphine) obtained by decomposition of the deuterated complex showed that it contained a mole fraction of 0.10 of monodeuterated ethylenebis(diphenylphosphine). Both results show good agreement and indicate that the deuterated complex consists of 20% A and 80% B. Complex of Cobalt. Reaction of cobalt(II1) acetylacetonate with ethoxydiethylaluminum in the presence of ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine) gave a red complex, HCO(EDP)~. The infrared spectrum was identical with that of a sample obtained by the reduction of CoC12(EDP), with NaBH4I8and showed a Co-H absorption at 1884 cm-'. The gas evolved during the reaction consisted of ethylene and ethane in a ratio of 4:6.

+ HCl +HFeCI(EDP),

Fe(EDP)2.C2H4 Ht +H2Fe(EDP)2 G H 4



Experimental Section Reagents. Ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine) was prepared by the method of Hewertson. 19 Iron(II1) acetylacetonate and cobalt(II1) acetylacetonate were recrystallized from toluene. Ethoxydiethylaluminum was prepared by the reaction of triethylaluminum with ethanol in n-pentane. Solvents were refluxed over Na-K amalgam prior to distillation under argon atmosphere. All the preparations were carried out under argon atmosphere. Preparation of Fe(EDP)t.C2H4( l a and lb). A solution of 15 ml (100 mmoles) of ethoxydiethylaluminum in 100 ml of ethyl ether was added to a dispersed solution of 5.3 g (15 mmoles) of iron(II1) acetylacetonate and 11.9 g (30 mmoles) of ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine) in 250 ml of ether with stirring at 0" for 2.5 hr. Additional stirring was continued for 1 hr at room temperature. Red crystals (la) that precipitated were separated by filtration and washed with 70 ml of ethyl ether. The yield of the crystals was 11.2 g (85%), mp 164': v;,":"' 3047, 3019, 1584, 1431, 1162, 1080, 876, 819,795,739,696 cm-'. Anal. Calcd for CS4HS2FePd: C, 73.64; H, 5.95. Found: C, 73.19; H, 5.90. Repeated recrystallization from benzene-ethyl ether gave violet crystals lb, mp 17C171a dec: Y ~ : : O ' 3054, 3016, 1584, 1433, 1166, 1090,873,801,774,735,693 cm-'. Anal. Calcd for C54H62FeP4:C, 73.64; H, 5.95; mol wt, 880. Found: C, 73.58; H, 6.03; mol wt, 840 (cryoscopy, 0.38 mole in benzene). The gas evolved during the reaction consisted of 7 ethylene, 7 6 z ethane, and 17% butane. A solution of 0.550 g (0.62 mmole) of l a and 0.012 g (0.03 mmole) of ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine) in 15 ml of benzene was allowed to stand overnight. Addition of ethyl ether to the concentrated solution gave l b in 75% yield. The same treatment of l a in the absence of ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine) resulted in recovery of la. Reaction of Fe(EDP)2.CzHawith Iodine. A solution of 0.164 g (0.64 mmole) of iodine in 5 ml of benzene was added at 4" to a stirred solution of 0.564 g (0.64 mmole) of l b in 20 ml of benzene in a sealed system, The evolved gas was analyzed by gas chromatography and identified as ethylene (12.2 ml at STP, 85%). The mass spectrum of the gas was identical with that of ethylene. A yellow precipitate was filtered off and washed with toluene to give 0.412 g (91 %yield) of the complex. Ana/. Calcd for C26H~4Fe12P2: C, 44.01; H, 3.39; I, 35.87. Found: C,43.95; H, 3.37; I, 35.4. The infrared spectrum was identical with that of an authentic sample prepared by the reaction of FeL(H20), with ethylenebis(diphenylphosphine). The complex is very slightly soluble in benzene and toluene. From the filtrate 0.172 g (70%) of ethylenebis(diphenylphosphine), mp 143", was obtained. Preparation of HFe(CsH4PPh. CHtCHt. PPht)(EDP) (2). Method A. A stirred solution of 0.490 g (0.56 mmole) of l b in 15 ml of benzene was irradiated by a 220-W mercury lamp for 3 hr at room temperature. The color of the solution changed from dark red to

(15) J. Chatt and R. G. Hayter, J . Chem. SOC.,5507 (1961). (16) J. Chatt and R. G. Hayter, ibid., 2605 (1961). (17) J. Chatt and R. G. Hayter, ibid., 6017 (1963).

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(18) A . Sacco and R. Ugo, ibid., 3274 (1964). (19) W. Hewertson and H. R. Watson, ibid., 1490 (1962).

2281 transparent red. Evolved gas was analyzed by gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy, and identified as ethylene (12.0 ml at STP, 96%;). The reaction mixture was concentrated under reduced pressure, and 10 ml of ethyl ether was added. After removal of a small amount of a decomposed product by filtration, 10 ml of npentane was added to the filtrate to give 0.391 g (82%) of orangebrown crystals which were recrystallized from benzene-ethyl ether, mp 179-180'. c , 73.24; H, 5.68; mol wt, 852. Ana[. Calcd for Cj&&FeP4: Found: C, 73.20; H, 5.77; mol wt 832 (cryoscopy, 0.84 mole % in benzene). Method B. To a solution of 0.980 g (1.11 mmoles) of l b in 20 ml of toluene was added 3 ml of the mother liquor obtained in the preparation of la. Ether contained in the mixture was removed under reduced pressure and the resultant solution was heated at 70" for 20 min. The solution was concentrated and 50 ml of n-pentane was added. Orange-brown crystals (0.734 g, 77%) were deposited. Evolution of ethylene (24.5 ml at STP) was also observed in this reaction. The same treatments of l a as described in methods A and B afforded 2 with liberation of ethylene. Reaction of HFe(C&IaPPh.CH2CH,.PPh?)(EDP) with Iodine. A solution of 0.152 g (0.60 mmole) of iodine in 5 ml of benzene was added to a stirred solution of 0.501 g (0.58 mmole) of 2 in 5 ml of benzene. A gas buret connected to the reaction flask showed no evolution of gas. After addition of 10 ml of n-pentane, a yellow precipitate (0.40 g, 9 5 2 yield) was filtered off. It was identified as Felt(EDP) by means of infrared spectroscopy and elemental analysis. From the filtrate, 0.14 g (61 2 yield) of ethylenebis(diphenylphosphine)was obtained. Reaction of HFe(C&14PPh.CH~CHZ.PP~~)(EDP) with Hydrogen Chloride. An ethereal solution (5.5 ml) containing 0.52 mmole of hydrogen chloride was added to a solution of 0.445 g (0.52 mmole) of 2 in 10 ml of xylene at - 1 5 " . A violet precipitate was filtered o f fand dissolved in benzene. After filtration, ethyl ether was added to the filtrate. Purification of the resultant precipitate was repeated to give 0.29 g ( 6 3 2 yield) of the violet complex, mp 209" dec. Anal. Calcd for Ca?HasClFeP4: C, 70.23; H, 5.51; C1, 3.99. Found: C,70.31; H,5.63; C1,3.89. Reaction of HFe(C&PPh. CH2CH?.PPh2)(EDP) with Deuterium Chloride. An ethereal solution containing 0.83 mmole of deuterium chloride (deuterium content 85 2)was added at - 30" to a solution of 0.716 g (0.84 mmole) of 2 in 15 ml of toluene. Purification of the product was conducted in the same manner as described in the reaction of 2 with hydrogen chloride. A peak height ratio of an Fe-H signal to a >PCH?CH?P< signal in its nmr spectrum was measured. From a comparison with the ratio ofthe nondeuterated complex, it was determined that 80% of the deuterium atoms was used for the formation of the Fe-D bond. The deuterium content of the ligands was determined as follows. The deuterated complex

in benzene was decomposed with excess aqueous hydrogen chloride and the benzene layer concentrated. Recrystallization from 1-propanol gave ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine)in 89 % yield. The ratio of an isotope peakPlf+lto a parent peak PSI in its mass spectrum was compared with that of the nondeuterated one. It was concluded that 10.5% of the deuterium atoms was present in ethylenebis(diphenyl phosphine). Preparation of H2Fe(EDP)2.cas. Method A. Hydrogen was bubbled through a stirred solution of 3.6 g (4.2 mmoles) of 2 in 70 ml of benzene at 70" for 2 hr, causing the solution to become yellow. After filtration, addition of 150 ml of n-heptane to the filtrate afforded 2.9 g (81 % yield) of pale yellow crystals which were recrystallized from benzene-n-heptane. Anal. Calcd for C&&eP4: C, 74.68; H, 6.03. Found: C, 74.68; H, 6.05. The same reaction in toluene and xylene gave H2Fe(EDP)2. 2C7H8and H2Fe(EDP)2GHlo,respectively. A d . Calcd for C66H66FeP4: c , 76.40; H, 6.46. Found: C, 76.30; H, 6.40. Calcd for CaoH60FeP4: C, 74.79; H, 6.20. Found: C, 75.00; H, 6.29. Method B. Hydrogen was bubbled through a solution of 2.1 g (2.4 mmoles) of l b in 60 ml of benzene at 60" for 8 hr. The same treatment as described in method A gave 1.34 g (68% yield) of yellow crystals. The hydrocarbons evolved in this reaction consisted of 95 2 ethylene and 5 2 ethane. The same complex was obtained by means of ultraviolet irradiation of l b at room temperature. Reaction of H2Fe(EDP)?.CaBwith Iodine. A solution of 0.210 g (0.83 mmole) of iodine in 10 ml of toluene was added dropwise to 0.694 g (0.74 mmole) of the iron dihydride in 20 ml of toluene. A gas buret showed an evolution of 18.5 ml (98%) of hydrogen, A yellow precipitate of FeI2(EDP) was filtered off. Gas chromatographic analysis showed that the filtrate contained 58.6 mg (100%) of benzene. Reaction of HFe(C&PPh. CHZCHZ *PPh,)(EDP) with Ethylene. A solution of 0.680 g (0.80 mmole) of the complex in 10 ml of benzene was shaken for 5 hr at 80" under ethylene pressure (60 kg/cm2). The resultant mixture was concentrated and addition of ether gave 0.478 g (68 %) of a violet complex, mp 170' dec. The infrared spectrum was identical with that of lb. Anal. Calcd for Ca4H52FeP4: C, 73.64; H, 5.95. Found: C. 73.79; H. 6.00. 'Preparation 'of HCo(EDPI2. A solution of 5.5 ml of ethoxydiethylaluminum in 10 ml of benzene was added at 6" to a solution of 1.78 g ( 5 mmoles) of cobalt(II1) acetylacetonate and 5.52 g (14 mmoles) of ethylenebis(dipheny1phosphine) in 40 ml of benzene. Addition of ethyl ether to the filtrate gave a red precipitate, which was recrystallizedfrom benzene-n-hexane, mp 268 dec. Anal. Calcd for Cs2H&oP4: C, 72.89; H, 5.77; P, 14.46. Found: C,72.97; H,5.91; P, 14.42.

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